Pittosporum tobira ‘Nanum’

Dwarf Japanese Mock Orange

(5 customer reviews)

From: £36.95

Pittosporum tobira or Japanese Mock Orange is a rounded, broadleaved evergreen shrub with attractive leathery, glossy dark green leaves held in pleasing whorls. In a good summer Pittosporum tobira produces small heads of creamy-white, highly scented flowers.

The ‘Nanum’ cultivar is a slower growing, more compact form of the species, making it perfectly suitable for growing in a container.

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Origin: China, Taiwan and Japan
Genus: Pittosporum
Species / Cultivar: tobira 'Nanum'
Common Name: Dwarf Japanese Mock Orange
Synonym: Pittosporum chinense 'Nanum'

Plant Biography

Native to South Korea and Japan, the name Japanese Mock Orange stems from the flowers which resemble the blossom of an orange. They also smell quite similar to orange blossom, though they have also been compared to jasmine flowers.

In UK gardens, Pittosporum tobira is tough, durable and can withstand severe pruning, making it a great choice as a screen or hedge.

Pittosporum tobira ‘Nanum’
Soil: Moist but Well Drained
Soil that allows water to drain at a moderate rate, without the water pooling.
Growth Rate: Slow
This plant is particularly slow to grow, even during growing season.
Water Requirement: Medium
Once it is established, this plant is likely to only require watering during drier periods.
Maintenance: Low
Minimal skill or input needed beyond the basics, a very independent plant.
Situation: Full Sun to Part Shade
Enjoys direct sun most of the day, but tolerant of fewer sunlit hours or light dappling.
Eventual Height: 0.8m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 1m
The plant's ultimate spread in typical growing conditions.
Hardiness: Hardy
Survives unprotected in an average winter. May need protection in extreme long frosts.
Habit: Evergreen
Always in leaf throughout the year. It won't lose all its leaves at any one time.

Expert Tip

Pittosporum tobira 'Nanum' is perfect for those that want the look of topiary in pots, but don't want the fuss of frequent maintenance.
Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

Pittosporum tobira, or Japanese Pittosporum, is an evergreen shrub prized for its glossy green foliage and fragrant flowers. Plant in well-draining soil and a spot with full sun to partial shade. Water regularly during the establishment phase, but once mature, it becomes drought-tolerant. Minimal pruning is needed to maintain its attractive form. Pittosporum tobira is relatively pest and disease resistant. With its versatility as a hedge, screen, or specimen plant, this low-maintenance shrub adds elegance to any landscape. Enjoy its year-round beauty and delightful fragrance while enhancing your garden effortlessly with Japanese Pittosporum.

In cold regions or in exceptionally cold winters, it may need to be brought undercover or protected from the frost with a fleece jacket.

Ordered 5 of these and all were decent sized and in perfect condition.

Richard S.

Ordered 5 of these and all were decent sized and in perfect condition.

5 customer reviews for Pittosporum tobira ‘Nanum’

Ordered 5 of these and all were decent sized and in perfect condition – delivery took some time, which is perfectly understandable, given demand but staff were great. Couldn’t be happier

Richard S.

Healthy good sized plants. Would definitely recommend

Gill Roper

Good sized healthy plants, would recommend

Gill Roper

Lovely healthy plant but in need of a good prune to get it into shape! Arrived as promised, despite the road chaos caused by the snow- Palm Centre very helpful about delaying dispatch. Thank you

penny